Given the strict policies on fees and use of government capitation, the Education ministry should explain to schools how to raise the money for that expenditure. Perhaps, the ministry should allocate some funds for that and use relevant government institutions to do the work.

In the same breadth, all school buses will not be allowed to move at night, strictly operating between 6am to 6pm; which directive reinforces the ban already placed on public service vehicles by the National Transport and Safety Authority. There is wisdom in discouraging night travels because they are fraught with perils.

We have seen school buses involved in road accidents at night. But that does not mean it is the panacea to mayhem on the road.


Of concern, however, is a situation where the buses may be caught in traffic long jams and unable to reach their destinations before the designated time — do the buses stop immediately? And what happens to the students? What happens to school buses in Nairobi, which are often caught in the perennial city gridlock?

The ministry should issue proper guidelines to clarify the grey areas and make it possible for the schools to enforce the directives.

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